Contact: Lauresha Xhihani


WATERBURY, June 26 — Waterbury Hospital’s 2017 Summer Bridge Program is providing mostly inner-city students, an opportunity to learn while exploring potential career options and having fun along the way.

The six-week academic enrichment program incorporates job shadowing and educational field trips with rigorous inter-disciplinary education. The program provides an educational venue while promoting Waterbury Hospital’s healthy living message.
“This year we are focusing on lifelong skills including how to live a healthy life and financial planning,” said Program Director Angela Holmes, M. Ed., Waterbury Hospital Community Outreach Coordinator.

This year’s group includes 25 students, mostly from Waterbury Public Schools from grades 6 through 11. Eleven of them are returning students.

This year’s program, which began today, includes classes in poetry, ELA (English Language Arts), computer classes and practical money skills for life. The students will be participating in a health and wellness fair as well as other events open to the parents and public including a Poetry Slam and ELA Debate.

Our community partners for the program include: Waterbury Public Schools, Waterbury Department of Public Health, GEAR UP CT Waterbury Alliance, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Stone Academy, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board and The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center.

Summer Bridge is one of several programs that are part of the Youth Pipeline Initiative, formed in 2001 as a collaboration between Waterbury Hospital and Waterbury Public Schools to close the achievement gap for minority and economically disadvantaged students in Waterbury so they can matriculate and compete for college placement.

Waterbury Hospital is a 357-bed hospital with approximately 2,000 employees which serves Waterbury and 11 surrounding communities in Western Connecticut. Waterbury Hospital also forms the cornerstone of Waterbury HEALTH, a family of healthcare-related services in the community. Waterbury Hospital is part of the Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. family of hospitals.